Medicare Physician Spending: Past as Prologue?
October 13, 2006
Laura A. Dummit
This meeting presented an historical perspective on physician spending in the Medicare program and Medicare’s attempts to curb its growth. It included a national overview of physician responses to Medicare’s payment approach and views from the primary care and specialty physician communities.
Gail Wilensky, PhD, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE
With Commentary From:
Paul Ginsburg, PhD, President, Center for Studying Health System Change; Alan R. Nelson, MD, Special Adviser, American College of Physicians; Karen Borman, MD, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Surgical Education, University of Mississippi Medical Center
See related issue briefs by Laura A. Dummit, "Medicare Physician Payments and Spending," (Issue Brief No. 815, October 9, 2006) and "Updating Medicare’s Physician Fees: The Sustainable Growth Rate Methodology" (Issue Brief No. 818, November 10, 2006).